February 11th, 2018

Colts beat Cougars again

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Colts beat Cougars again
Cade Crawley (Holy Cross, gray jersey) looks to move against Dalton Kelly (DeSales, white jersey) / photo by Conor Revell

The past week was a week full of turmoil for the DeSales basketball team including a disastrous loss to Western in a 22nd District game Tuesday and losing to Collins Friday night.

But, the Colts righted ship with a 75-66 victory archrival Holy Cross in the basketball version of the Southside Showdown at Valley High Sunday night.

“I’ve been looking for us to play with passion,” DeSales head coach Tom Crews said. “I was fairly pleased with what I saw today. This season has featured some real highs and some real lows; lately it hasn’t been very good. But, it was nice to have Sam back; his back seems to be getting better. We did a nice job on offense today, our defense needs some work, we aren’t very athletic.”

The Cougars (14-12) had no answer to DeSales’ Keegan Brewer, Dalton Kelly, and Sam Weining who combined for 67 points.

“I pulled a muscle in my back when we played CAL,” Weining who was playing in his second game since sitting out for a week. “It felt great to be back out there. I played a little Friday too. I love playing you know, we have been struggling as of late, but I think we can still make a run.”

It’s the 11th straight win in the series for DeSales (13-13). Their last loss came on Feb. 8, 2009 when the games were still played at Bellarmine. 

It was a close game at the start Holy Cross led 17-15 at the end of the first quarter as Cade Crawley hit three big three pointers.

“My teammates were doing a good job of finding me open,” Crawley said. “We’ve been practicing a lot – passing and cutting – I think that really helped our spacing tonight.”

DeSales didn’t take their first lead until Dalton Kelly’s triple made it 24-22 in the middle of the second quarter.

“I was patient trying to get the best look for me,” Kelly said. “There are times where I try to force too much. I needed to let the game come to me and I shot it when I was open.”

“I thought our ball movement was extremely good,” Holy Cross head coach Kent Foushee said. “We’ve been working a lot on our motion offense, making solid screens, and making the extra pass. That’s the difference between getting a good shot and a great shot and they fall like that.”

The Colts never trailed again.

With the scored tied at 42, Brewer’s jumper in the middle of the third quarter put the Cougars in a 44-42 hole and DeSales led the rest of the way.

“We started doing a better job on the defensive end at that point and stopping them,” Crews said. “We made life tougher for them in the post. With the size differential, I thought we did an awfully good job, and we quit giving No. 10 (Crawley) good looks even though he still made a few.”

The Colts led 57-45 early in the fourth quarter, its largest lead of the game.

“I was extremely disappointed how we played defensively,” Foushee said. “We talk about contesting every shot and to guard the ball screens. When you let players like Keegan Brewer, Dalton Kelly, and Sam Weining get open from three, they’re going to knock them down.”

DeSales hit 24 of 51 (47 percent) from the field including 11 of 18 (61 percent) from three-point land and 16 of 19 (84 percent) from the charity stripe.

“It was nice to see Dalton have a good game,” Crews said. “He has been in quite a slump these past few weeks. We had four offensive players do well. Keegan, Dalton, Sam, and Ruckriegel (Matthew) all played well. When we score like that, it’s hard to guard us.”  

Brewer (8 of 8 free throws) and Weining (six rebounds) both had 24 points while Kelly (4 of 4 from three-point land) recorded 19 points.

“I think the biggest thing was we started stepping up on defense late,” Kelly said. “They were getting a bunch of good looks and getting a little bit of momentum. Then we hit some big shots down the stretch and that allowed us to pull away.”

Holy Cross made 20 of 57 (38 percent) from the field including 10 of 28 (35 percent) from three-point land and 16 of 26 (61 percent) from the charity stripe.

Crawley led the way with 27 points and made 8 of 15 from the field including 7 of 12 from three-point land and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line.

“He was moving off the ball better than he normally does,” Foushee said. “He’s the best on our team moving off the ball. Sometimes he gets stagnant and anybody can be defending him in one spot. He was going good job of moving, avoiding screens, cutting hard, and we were doing a good job of finding him.”

Ethan Driskell added 12 points and nine rebounds while Sam Bearden finished with nine points and six rebounds and Mario Convenuto had eight points.

“It was tough to drive at times,” Weining said. “They were denying us hard. I had to work to get open and find my shot. I felt like I did that well for the most part. There were a couple of times where I had poor shot selections.” 

 

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